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 A Difficult Choice, Kelsey Searches For Lrrow
Kelsey Masters
 Posted: May 15 2017, 04:57 PM
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Kelsey hadn't met James. She only knew his name because Alexis had called out to him. They had shared a tragic loss, and neither had been able to speak to the other since. There was so much that Kelsey didn't understand. She reached over with her bandaged hand and squeezed James' carefully. Even that simple gesture caused her to wince as she whispered. "I'll be back. I have to find him."

Kelsey hopped down from the chair and started toward the door. She heard Ferren start to follow behind her. The girl turned and held up her hand. "No, Ferren. I need you to stay here and look after James, okay?"

She turned and started toward the door. Again, the puppy's feet sounded behind her. She turned once more to face her, and this time, had to look down at her own feet. Ferren looked up at her. On the surface, one might normally see little more than a pet looking expectantly up at a master. Kelsey saw something else, though.

"You're not going to stay here, are you?"

In response, Ferren sneezed and shook her head. At least, that's what some might have interpreted it as. To Kelsey, it may as well have been a great big 'hell, no!'

The girl rolled her eyes and knelt down in front of the puppy, running her hands through her soft fur. "Okay... but you stay close 'n quiet."




It was the dark of night when Kelsey and Ferren managed to get out of the station. Whoever went through the cameras later would see the pair sneaking off easily enough. So far, though, they hadn't been noticed by anyone nearby.

The girl felt bad about leaving James, and she felt even worse every time Alexis' cries for help echoed around in her head. She was severely traumatized, but the girl had no options left. She didn't know where to begin dealing with what happened. On some level, the girl was running on little more than instinct. She was an emotional and psychological wreck, but she wouldn't leave the last being who had seen Alexis alive. She was going to find Lrrow.

Security was patrolling the area. It had been heavily stepped up, especially after-hours, now that everyone had gone to their hotels and everything. They would have to be careful.

Kelsey ducked into a small alcove and waved Ferren closer with her bandaged hand. She whispered softly, hoping that the guards nearby wouldn't hear. It hadn't been long when James had run to the station, but now, it seemed like there was an entire spaceship between them and their goal. "I don't know if you can understand me, Ferren. I-I hope you can. I don't know why Lrrow snapped at you, but... we've gotta find him, okay? We can't leave him behind."

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 Posted: May 15 2017, 05:14 PM
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Intelligent eyes met Kelsey's. While Ferren had only made normal puppy sounds so far, she acted much more like a seasoned dog. More than that. When spoken to, she looked to the speaker, perked her ears to the voice, and reacted as if she both had heard and understood.

Nipping at Kelsey's hair, she gently pulled the girl's head down closer. Releasing her hair, Ferren sniffed at the side of Kelsey's head that had been laying against Lrrow's fur during her dream to contact Tierra. After sniffing for several moments to memorize the scent, the scent that was not Kelsey's or James', she backed off a few paces and started sniffing at the ground and air.

Ferren wandered off a bit, nose to the ground, then lifted her head and sniffed the air for long moments. Turning her head to look back to Kelsey, her little tail started to wag. Wandering towards a back alley blocked with a dumpster, she turned her head to look back over her should to make sure Kelsey was following.




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Kelsey Masters
 Posted: May 17 2017, 09:26 AM
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Kelsey knelt down as Ferren nipped at her hair. As the cold nose took in Lrrow's scent, Kelsey couldn't help giggling. It was strange to have Ferren right there beside her. She was only used to seeing her in the dreams with the Terah archive. The girl placed her hand on the same cheek that had been resting against Lrrow. She hadn't realized just how strong Ferren's sense of smell was. She wished she could do that.

Kelsey whispered her thanks as Ferren began to follow the scent. At least, that's what she hoped was happening. As the puppy's tail started wagging excitedly, Kelsey's hope - little more than a smoldering ember at the moment - started to grow. Ferren glanced back at her, and Kelsey was indeed following closely.

She glanced around them for a moment, making sure the coast was clear. Then, she checked around the dumpster. If she needed to move it for them to get through, she wanted to make sure there was as little as possible to get in the way. It was going to be loud enough if everything did go smoothly!

Her mouth twisted in a moment of contemplation. Trying Ferren's little game, the girl tried to sniff out Lrrow's scent as well. She instantly regretted it, as all she smelled was the diverse garbage, waste and decay of the alley and the dumpster. Kelsey covered her mouth as she coughed, then whispered down at Ferren. "Oh, that is disgusting! How can you smell anything through that?"

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 Posted: May 17 2017, 02:13 PM
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Ferren smiled up at Kelsey, tail wagging. On each staccato exhale through her mouth, the release of air and wet sound of her tongue on the roof of her mouth made a soft "K, k, k" sound. Her eyes danced with mirth. If she could talk, she seemed to be amused by what was going on in her head as a response.

Alas. Something had gone wrong with both her reality translation as well as her bonding to Kelsey. Until it was corrected, she had only the unspoken communication of rudimentary sound and body language. And, of course, the expression of her eyes.

Padding over to the side of the dumpster facing the building it belonged to, if the label on the side of the dumpster and food smells matching the restaurant were to be trusted, Ferren walked through the space between the two. While an adult would have had a hard time fitting, or would not have fit at all, a puppy and a child could squeeze through without touching either the dumpster or building side.

On the other side of the dumpster, Ferren led Kelsey to the corner of the building. They waited there a short while, Ferren smelling the air and looking both ways. Ducking back into the ally, she avoided a flashlight beam shining down that byway. Another few moments, she peeked out. Satisfied, she led Kelsey across the byway street to the shadows behind another building.




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Kelsey Masters
 Posted: May 19 2017, 02:22 PM
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Kelsey pouted adorably as she noticed Ferren's facial expression. "It's not funny!" Despite herself, she couldn't help a small giggle. She tried to keep her voice down as she followed the puppy around to the other side of the dumpster. As she saw the narrow squeeze between the dirty wall and the even worse dumpster, she balked.

She was used to the streets. She was used to the run-down, failing areas of the Watchtower. Even the strange sights and smells around The Deep were becoming familiar to her, but this? The girl still didn't like getting dirty. She bit her lip and held her breath as she carefully made her way into the alley.

Kelsey breathed a sigh of relief as she came through on the other side. The alley didn't smell much better. Actually, it was worse. She gritted her teeth and followed Ferren. She wasn't going to mess this up.

She paused as the pup noticed the light, and pressed her back against the wall as the guard moved past. Her heart hammered in her chest, enough that she was sure the guard would have heard. He kept on going, though, and both Ferren and Kelsey darted across toward the next building. She knelt beside Ferren, resting a hand in her soft fur. The child took a deep, calming breath, but Ferren could feel her hand trembling.

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 Posted: May 20 2017, 05:55 PM
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The side of this building had plants, shrubbery of some sort. Carefully pushing her way in between the woody plants and the building, Ferren led the way along from behind the building up the side toward the front facing the main through-way. The smell of the plants was so strong under here, so close. The twigs were sharp, snagging at skin, hair, and clothing. So long as they moved slowly, the rustling sounds they made were minimal.

Suddenly stopping, Ferren lifted her backside and positioned her tail to rest against Kelsey's forehead.

A few moments later, a light shone on the street ahead, barely visible through the leaves of the bushes they were hiding in. Footsteps, at least two security personnel. A soft hum. The light was coming from behind and above the walkers as they followed the street ahead of the bushes. A drone, the light was coming from a drone hovering above and following between the two security personnel.

Ferren barely breathed while the security officers and drone passed.

They were three more buildings down the main through-way before Ferren slowly began to inch forward again. She continued wiggling slowly along until she reached the corner of the building, gaining the perspective to be able to see both ways up and down the main street. She laid flat on her belly and watched both ways.




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Kelsey Masters
 Posted: May 23 2017, 12:57 PM
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Kelsey wasn't used to plants at all. The only other place she had really seen them had been in her dreams, or some of the life support bays on Watchtower. Those weren't big enough to walk through - and she would have been in trouble if she'd gone anywhere near them.

Well, more trouble, anyways.

The leaves tickled her skin and tugged at her hair from time to time. As one twig scratched at her cheek, Kelsey gasped in surprise. She managed to keep her voice down. For a moment, she remembered her first dream in the archive, following Ferren through far fewer plants. She almost thought she was in another dream.

Those thoughts came to an abrupt halt as she felt Ferren's tail against her forehead. At the same time, she ended up looking right at Ferren's butt. Kelsey shook her head and whispered, "What? What's the pro..." She trailed off as the drone and guards made their way along. The girl froze in place, hoping the plants would stop moving as well.

She actually had to look down at the soil beneath them. Staring at the guards, their weapons, the drone... she would have done something stupid. Looking at the dirt, smelling the moss. It was strange stuff to her. It was soft and relaxing, even warm, unlike the cold decks of a starship. It helped her ignore what was going on only feet away as the guards continued on their patrol. Right now, the fair felt more like a prison. She could only hope they found those Horsemen and killed them before she did. She didn't want to hurt people, but the Horsemen? She felt differently toward them.

She wasn't ashamed of feeling that way, either.

Her hand curled into a fist and gathered some of the soil between her fingers as Ferren began to inch forward. She started to move as well, doing her best not to make too much noise.

They were so close. As Ferren stayed low, surveying each direction of the main street, Kelsey rested a hand in her soft fur. They would both need a bath after this. She whispered softly as the guards continued on. Kelsey knew how scared Ferren must have been. After all, she was scared, too! "Thank you for doing this. We're almost there, okay? We're gonna find him and get back to James. Then, we'll figure out where to go."

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 Posted: May 24 2017, 04:18 PM
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Kelsey's hand on her back, Ferren's muscles tensed and coiled. In a burst of movement, she sprinted across the street and into the shadows behind a trash bin beside an exhibit stall that smelled of food on the other side. Peeking her head out, Ferren watched Kelsey follow.

Once they were safely on the far side of the main street, they were not too much further away. They needed to follow the main street for awhile, and then they would find the spot where they had used cover during the murder. The actual crime scene was heavily guarded and there were still crews there... doing whatever it was they were doing. If Lrrow was still hiding near where they had last seen him, and it smelled like he was, then they would have to be very stealthy and quiet.

Slinking further back, Ferren led the long way around to parallel the main street out of sight. Sniffing at a dropped and trampled dumpling of some sort, she struggled to resist the urge to try if it tasted as good as it smelled.




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Kelsey Masters
 Posted: May 24 2017, 09:27 PM
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Kelsey kept up with Ferren as the pair crawled closer to the terrible scene. The girl could smell something different in the air. She wasn't like Ferren, but she could smell death in the air. Not the man she would find and remove from the universe, though. There wasn't a trace of him. The bio agent that had been used nearby also resulted in warning areas around them.

Kelsey had no intention of joining that poor family. They would have to be careful, but the girl would avenge them, as well as the little girl who had been shot to death.

It filled her with rage as she realized that no one had helped. No one had stopped these terrible people. Just like on the Watchtower. Some had fought back, and the better-equipped Judgers had shot them all or blown their ships to pieces. She couldn't fight then. She wasn't even allowed to fight for Alexis' life when the time came. Not only that, but those who could have fought did nothing.

Her bitter thoughts were interrupted as she noticed Ferren's curious nature. As the puppy hesitated and started to sniff the food, the girl whispered. "I don't think that's like the fruit and plants from your home. Besides, that's on the ground. Even I wouldn't try something like that."

The girl gave Ferren a light scratch behind her ears as her stomach growled. She didn't feel hungry, but apparently, her body had different ideas. She looked down sharply at her belly and shushed it, then looked back at Ferren. "I'll get us all some good food after we get back to James, okay? Some good berries, or something for you. Deal?"

By comparison to the streets, the back ways were relatively unguarded. At least, they had been. It became clear as they got closer that it wouldn't be so simple. Kelsey and Ferren barely managed to duck behind a dumpster as two more guards and their flashlights threatened to discover them while walking along. Kelsey held her breath as they spoke among themselves.

"Yeah, it's pretty messed up. They took the one body and just left the rest. Like they didn't matter, or something, ya know?"

"I heard second section is being gutted for what happened. Taking bribes, or something. This was supposed to be their sector today."

The pair continued their conversation as they turned a corner. Thankfully, it took them away from the pair. Kelsey took a trembling breath as she peeked up and over toward the crime scene.

Dried blood still stained the ground, marking the gruesome scene of the murders on the other side of the tape. She hadn't seen the effect of the shots when they had occurred. Now, she did. She could see the lighter spatter of blood from the shots that had been fired during her run, as well as the ones that had ended her friend's life while she was helpless on the deck. Chunks of pavement had been ripped clear by the blasts as well. Blood pooled within and around the fluorescent line markings of the bodies that had died from bullets, and additional outlines stood as silent reminders of the poor family that had also been murdered.

The screams of the tortured family tore through her mind for a moment. She also heard the cries of the first child's mother, and Alexis' own calls for help. They mixed and mingled into one heartrending cry, and Kelsey had to close her eyes tight to keep herself quiet. She fought, and fought, and fought her way clear of those screams. She was going to find Lrrow!



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 Posted: May 24 2017, 09:38 PM
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Ferren licked at Kelsey's hand. Cool tongue moving fingertips, Ferren tried to break the girl out of whatever trance she was in. Kelsey had locked up and was completely unresponsive. Rather than while, Ferren just brushed her fur against Kelsey's leg and then darted toward a nearby exhibit booth and dove under the fabric hanging on the side of the booth to get under it.

For several long moments, nothing was heard or seen of Ferren. However, when her nose wiggled out between the ground and the fabric to sniff at the outside air again, it didn't take her long to come back out with something furry held in her teeth. She had Ferren by the scruff of the back of his neck, and was dragging the limp figure with her out from under the booth and back to where Kelsey was.

The pup struggled to pull the full-grown fox along with her. Lrrow was evidently unconscious, and his body was emaciated compared to when they had seen him only hours ago. The complete lack of illumination in his horn was another sign that something was different compared to the last they had saw of him.

Bringing Lrrow to Kelsey's feet, Ferren put him down nearly on top of Kelsey's shoes and sat upright to pant open-mouthed. Tongue wagging, she stared up at Kelsey expectantly.




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